"Local Love" features Wadmalaw Wild Ties
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
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Meet Felicia, an incredibly creative and talented woman and owner of Wadmalaw Wild Ties. An outdoors woman at her finest!
I met Felicia in 2015, a few months after I got engaged. My (now) husband, Robbie, loves to hunt ducks and had a special gift idea in mind for his groomsmen. Robbie was familiar with a local company that produced feather bow ties and reached out to them immediately. He specifically wanted to supply the company with feathers from the ducks he had killed, while hunting with some of his groomsmen, and have them fashioned into mementos for the guys to wear on our wedding day. Unfortunately, the company was not willing to accommodate Robbie’s request and after a number of failed DIY attempts (I wish I had photos to share, it was so pitiful!), he thankfully stumbled upon Wadmalaw Wild Ties.
“Trophy Ties” are a unique and sentimental way to commemorate a meaningful hunt or experience. From waterfowl to reptiles, Felicia will turn your “trophy” into a stunning piece of art, so you can re-live the memory for years to come.
“All ties are made by me. One at a time, by hand. Nothing makes me happier than creating ties for people I know, or I have spoken to!”
Over the next year, each time Robbie went on a hunting trip he would return with heaps of bird feathers for consideration. After sorting through all the mallard, wood duck, green-winged teal, gadwall, pintail, and turkey feathers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and South Carolina, Felicia worked up a few options. Robbie ultimately decided that he wanted the trophy ties to have the same theme, but be slightly different. This resulted in 9 complementary bow ties with a turkey underlay and a wood duck/mallard overlay. The groomsmen (and our Dads!) looked super classy and they still receive compliments on their ties today. We didn’t have any kids in our wedding, but if you need, specially sized ties can be made for the little ones in yours!
Not a hunter, but still want to take a walk on the wild side? No problem, Wadmalaw Wild Ties has a large inventory of ready-to-wear bow ties in an array of colors and styles for you to choose from. Click here to browse through available stock on the website, or visit Henry & Eva in Mount Pleasant, Cordray’s Processing in Ravenel, or P Squared Couture in Greenville.
On the website, you will also discover a unique collection of equestrian and sporting life inspired goods. Boutonnieres, cufflinks, pocket squares, headbands and jewelry, designed using materials such as antlers, shotgun shells, deer hide, oyster shells, bone, vintage equestrian coins, feathers, wood and more, are available for purchase. Between the current inventory and the opportunity to request custom pieces, there are endless possibilities to please the outdoors man/woman in your life for Christmases to come!
Although part of the reason Wadmalaw Wild Ties was launched came out of a tragedy in Felicia’s life, she has persevered and turned her painful past into an incredibly positive future.
"I'm so very lucky to have a talent for creating things for people for special times, and special gifts."
Check out our Q&A below to learn more about Felicia's story. Then, pop on over to the Local Love page for all the contact information you'll need to get outfitted in a little something wild!
When did you start Wadmalaw Wild Ties? Felicia: I started WWT in 2014. On a cold foggy Sunday morning Brian helped Hannah my daughter (now our daughter) kill her first turkey. After spending countless hours in the woods hunting turkeys, listening, calling, learning how they communicate, I wanted Brian (B) to have a bow tie from that turkey specifically. I called the local company that makes them and they said that they couldn’t use my feathers, but I could buy one of theirs because that was ‘just the same - no. It’s not JUST the same. It’s a ‘trophy tie’ not just any tie. A week later was the worst day of my life and my 20 year old daughter, Madi, was in a fatal accident. Basically the ties gave me something to do and create beautiful things from the devastation I was going through. An idle mind still does not work for me. 4 years later, I still have days where I want to be an ostrich and stick my head in the sand and instead I go out to the shop and ‘create’. I crank my music, usually the Chris Stapleton channel on Pandora, and roll.
Did you always plan to branch out into jewelry and other merchandise? Felicia: No, I absolutely did not. I came up with the hashtag #tieoneonresponsibly because Madi’s accident was after she’d been drinking, and her friends took her to her car and let her drive. So the responsibility thing comes from have fun, but get home, or stay home - Uber didn’t exist then. So anyhow my horse broke his bridle and the leather was too nice to just throw in the trash, and it was about at the first year anniversary of the accident, so I cut the bridle up with a box cutter and hand wrote with a sharpie #tieoneonresponsiby on the inside and mailed them to all her party friends. The rest ‘just happened’.
Where do you get the materials for your ties from?
Most of my feathers come from men and women who hunt. A lot of my grooms supply their own feathers to make trophy ties for their wedding.
Your inventory is constantly growing - what new pieces can we expect next?
Right now it’s the backdrop of the bow tie to match wedding colors (currently working on a burgundy backdrop on a trophy wood duck tie), but something totally different and new is on the horizon. Something that’s been killin me to do since I started with all of this. My mind is constantly spinning so stay tuned...
Is there an individual piece that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to create? All or them!...well mostly all of them.
Do you have any words of wisdom for others taking a leap and starting their own small business?
"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming." (Unknown)
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